„[I]n a liberal democracy, sovereignty lies in the people at large; and our governing structures exist to implement that will.“

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American historian 1953
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—  Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
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„Every age that has historical status is governed by aristocracies.
Aristocracy with the meaning - the best are ruling.
Peoples do never govern themselves. That lunacy was concocted by liberalism. Behind its "people's sovereignty" the slyest cheaters are hiding, who don't want to be recognized.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
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„I genuinely feel that the survival of this country lies in democracy and democracy alone.“

—  Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 6th President of Pakistan 1924 - 1988
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—  Friedrich Hayek Austrian and British economist and Nobel Prize for Economics laureate 1899 - 1992
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—  Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945
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